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COLUMN: Trump’s racial politics could make reparations a reality

President Donald Trump arrives on stage June 20 to speak at a campaign rally at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla. The Trump years have been educational for us all, the president included.

After his campaign scheduled an event for June 19 in Tulsa, Okla., Trump joined a lot of other Americans in learning of Juneteenth and the 1921 Tulsa massacre. (White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, a gaslighter’s gaslighter, said Trump “routinely commemorated” Juneteenth.) Whether the date and place were chosen through ignorance or malice, the resulting controversy informed large numbers of people about the long-delayed promise of emancipation in the 19th century, and about racist terrorism and dispossession in the 20th century.

Scholars and scolds are forever lamenting the sorry state of knowledge in America. “Knowledge of History Rapidly Becoming History,” is the headline of a typical moan by the National Association of Scholars. In the 2018 history assessment by the Nation’s Report Card, 12% of 12th graders were rated at or above proficient in U.S. history. Meanwhile, eighth-graders scored even lower in history in 2018 than they had in 2014.

Knowledge of history is laden with political implications, which is why the ideological obsessives of the Soviet Union spent […]

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